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    Re: Repairing keel separation

    Consider:
    1) this source, zero experience
    That said.
    2) flexible epoxy in a seam/kerf wide enough to let the epoxy stretch a bit
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    Re: Finish for a paddle shaft/handle

    Recently I've looked into higher end oar handles and my low effort internet searches showed rubber, foam and wood grips for the most part.

    Concept 2 oars, which seem mainly aimed at performance...
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    Re: Finish for a paddle shaft/handle

    Good thread. Many of us have read that varnished grips contribute to blisters but we have testimony that isn't always the case.
    I assume that technique, duration and effort play into the equation...
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    Re: Never Sell Your Boat Locally

    These boats become family, and like family, you love them, nurture them and even have fights with them.
    There comes a time to let them go, seeing them prosper gives you joy and seeing them...
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    Re: Small Four-stroke Outboards

    Agreed.
    The EP Carry is closest to my wants but is a bit too small and has been out of stock every time I've looked.
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    Re: Finish for a paddle shaft/handle

    My bare WRC Greenland paddle is comfortable. On a new set of XPL oars the builder suggested a 50/50 mix of BLO and turpentine on the basswood handles. I applied two coats and they feel good.
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    Re: Small Four-stroke Outboards

    The No-Spill brand gas cans have a unique nozzle that actually delivers fuel and stops overfills! Really!
    Perfect for a little engine's inboard tank. I have the 1.25 gallon can.
    ...
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    Re: Small Four-stroke Outboards

    What lock(s) do you use?
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    Re: Pilothouse Skiff - sketches

    Ah, the build is progressing, good for you. The fine bow will help, my C-Dory had a rather full bow.
    Docking in the wind is tricky with these boats, I could have used a daggerboard or leeboard a few...
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    Re: Small Four-stroke Outboards

    I've had a 2.5 Suzuki for a few months. For me it came down to parts availability, noise level and weight.
    Even without cooling fins and the fan it is still obnoxious. The sound comes off of the...
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    Re: Pilothouse Skiff - sketches

    To please the eye, it needs to be stretched at least 10% to lessen the visual impact of the house.
    If you are going to the effort and expense of building her, a small amount of V is only a couple...
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    Re: Narrow oar blades?

    I'd definitely ease the blade edges at least 18" up.
    Greenland paddles with their narrow blades work very well with a slightly higher cadence and a bit more cant than conventional paddles. You'll...
  13. Re: What is your favorite treatment for oar leathers?

    Obenauf's leather treatment is my all-time favorite for work boots. No reason it wouldn't show your oars a good time too.
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    Re: Casting thin shell bronze blocks

    ^^^ Like.
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    Re: SOF Racing Kayak

    Dragon Skin steel sanding sheet is the bomb for shaping dense foam for seats and thigh braces.
  16. Re: What is your favorite treatment for oar leathers?

    Speaking generically, oil can soften leather which can contribute to stretching.
    I've used Johnson paste wax and Fluid Film (lanolin spray) with success in my limited use of oar leathers.
  17. Re: Armstrong Deck Plates can't get replacement parts

    Some days I can count, some days not so much.
    Upstream I said I had 6 Armstrong hatches... Um. 2 Armstrongs and 4 DPI pull up plates.
    Sheesh.
  18. Re: Armstrong Deck Plates can't get replacement parts

    My new boat has six Armstrong hatches. I just ordered some spares from Duckworks last night.
    BTW, DW has always given me good service. Y>
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    Re: What buying lumber should be like...

    Very civilized.
    The last boards I bought were clear, plain sawn 12' 1x8 Douglas fir.
    $50 each!
  20. Re: Class Globe 5.80 DIY kit boat and race thoughts

    Yes, that's the one!
  21. Re: Class Globe 5.80 DIY kit boat and race thoughts

    Yeah, I see that. Somewhere I got my wires crossed, thanks for catching it.
  22. Re: Trailer ball mount, attaching at an angle

    If the trailer does not have a tongue jack to lift the tongue in order to test the coupler/ball connection, give the handle a hearty yank.
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    Re: Varnish question

    Paint, just sayin'.
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    Re: Is this OUR Nick? Peerie Ma

    Nick, we appreciate your efforts and generosity.
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    Re: Happy birthday to Bob Cleek…

    Happy Birthday, Bob!

    Thank you for sharing your considerable knowledge and wisdom with us.
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    Re: Oar handles too small?

    I have some Concept 2 oars with the green hand grips and they feel fine.
    The shaft they mount on is .995" diameter. I have no idea if they would be practical for wood oars.
    Leather seems like an...
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    Re: Getting rid of amine blush

    Wouldn't my beloved cabinet scraper take care of the raised grain stickers in a jiffy?
  28. Re: Class Globe 5.80 DIY kit boat and race thoughts

    I think the designer is competent, some in the sail racing community have a negative opinion of Mr. McIntyre. I have no opinion on him myself.
    As a fast compact cruiser, the boat would be pretty...
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    Re: Getting rid of amine blush

    Kids...
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    Re: Getting rid of amine blush

    If you are a subscriber to offcenterharbor.com, Russel Brown has some good videos there too. They are the main reason I subscribed.
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    Re: Getting rid of amine blush

    Green is the stage when the epoxy has become a solid but is not hard yet. It is easy to cut, scrape, etc. but clogs sandpaper and is toxic to breath the dust. Your fiberglass should slide on it. If...
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    Re: Mirror for rowboat?

    I have a Ski-Image mirror which helps some, but I really need to work on making a habit of looking over my shoulder regularly.

    ...
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    Re: Getting rid of amine blush

    IMO you are creating extra work, mandating a week downtime and giving away the chemical bond.
    Green does not equal sticky or even tacky.
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    Re: Getting rid of amine blush

    I have never pre-coated a panel but if I did, I'd take a cabinet scraper to it while it was still green to knock down any high spots and put on the glass right away.
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    Re: Small Boat Sailing

    When I was new to sailing two different people I took out to try sailing ended up buying power boats.
    In my defense it was in the Columbia Gorge and to me 25+ knots against the current was just...
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    Re: Success Selling a Small Boat?

    Watching with interest. I have eight small boats and should at least sell the 15' dinghy to free up space.
    I don't do Facebook so that's out.
  37. Thread: R2ak 2022

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    Re: R2ak 2022

    Watching Goldfinch with great interest. They are moving very well for a swing keel day sailor.
  38. Thread: R2ak 2022

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    Re: R2ak 2022

    Money will always benefit racers. What do we do, have income brackets?
    The event is about the event. Yes, there is a winner but the R2AK is much more than that.
  39. Re: just a little history, and a lovely wooden boat

    Most of us have heard of the story of Greenland kayak builders that thought the driftwood they used was some sort of sea creature's bones.
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    Re: S&G Pygmy kayak fiberglass repair

    Is that a Coho? I had a heck of a time choosing between the Coho and Arctic Tern. Ended up building 14' and 17' ATs.
    Being lazy I chose paint over varnish.
  41. Thread: R2ak

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    Re: R2ak

    Being a technically better boater that makes foolish, dangerous decisions does not trump discretion and knowing your limitations. It does qualify for the idiot prize though.
  42. Thread: R2ak

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    Re: R2ak

    Team Mustang Survival, a team of teens average age 16.5 years, had the intelligence and good sense to immediately turn back and they are in a Santa Cruz 27!
  43. Thread: R2ak

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    Re: R2ak

    My knickers are twisted up in a Gordian knot over reckless people that take 14' daysailers out in storm conditions and invite restrictions on the competent sailors.
  44. Thread: R2ak

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    Re: R2ak

    It's a good event mostly because of the lack of racing rules and protest committees though its popularity is attracting some who are not up to the challenge.
    In addition to the first leg qualifier,...
  45. Thread: R2ak

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    Re: R2ak

    Quoting myself from another thread:

    The Pt. Townsend to Victoria leg being a qualifier seems to have done its job. A bit harsh perhaps but everyone survived, and a strong message was sent.
    I'm...
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    Re: When to reef?

    The Pt. Townsend to Victoria leg being a qualifier seems to have done its job. A bit harsh perhaps but everyone survived, and a strong message was sent.
    I'm good with the race committee granting an...
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    Re: Building a Ross Lillistone First Mate

    Glad to see you pampering her!
    For future reference you can remove the bottom leaf to lower the spring rate. The result is a guess but it's an option.
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    Re: Let's build a sailboat!

    Let me suggest you put a SOR, statement of requirements, together. Be honest, set priorities and include your needed comfort levels.
    I got a small sailboat 10 years ago that had marginal comfort at...
  49. Re: Just launched my first boat and now thinking about the next…

    One has to wonder if the proprietary and tradition bound nature of the boat building culture kept the builders from learning from each other and evolving better boats.
    Just a random thought.
  50. Re: Just launched my first boat and now thinking about the next…

    Congratulations on the build! I have a Skerry with the lug rig. I really appreciate the simplicity and capabilities of the balanced lug. The Skerry, I think, is okay for someone younger than myself...
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